The demand for facelifts continues to rise as more men and women seek to halt the aging process. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood knows that the face tends to show signs of age more than other parts of the body. In response to the high demand for facelifts, Dr. Sood has perfected his surgical technique to help men and women look younger.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is an aesthetic surgical procedure that removes wrinkles by tightening the skin on a person’s face or neck. The procedure is undertaken to reduce wrinkles, laugh lines and wrinkles around the eyes and under the chin. A facelift is often performed simultaneously with a brow lift or eyelid surgery.

Benefits of a Facelift

A facelift can yield a multitude of positive results toward a patient’s physical appearance and mental well-being. In addition to slowing the aging process by reducing wrinkles in the eye and neck areas, a facelift can have a positive effect on the patient’s self-esteem. Skin elasticity is also improved, and facial muscles can appear tighter. Downtime as a result of a facelift has grown shorter over the years with the advancements in medical technology

How Is a Facelift Performed?

The type of surgical technique used for a facelift will depend upon the patient’s individual target areas. Some techniques involve the use of lasers and endoscopic cameras to access and treat excess skin.

Regardless of the technique selected, a facelift usually begins with the administration of general or local anesthesia. After the patient has been anesthetized, an incision is made. In the case of a traditional facelift, the incision typically extends from the front of each ear and runs behind the ear to the hairline. The incision permits the removal of any excess skin and stitches are used to close the incision after the skin has been pulled taut.

Other types of facelifts involve the use of lasers and small endoscopic cameras. A laser procedure involves the creation of a one-inch incision on the underside of the chin. Loose skin is pulled tight in a downward direction and secured. An endoscopic procedure, on the other hand, involves the creation of multiple strategically placed incisions. A small, flexible endoscopic camera is inserted into incisions in the scalp, mouth, above the ear and under the eyes. The camera allows the surgeon to accurately separate and lift tissue, fat and muscle from the facial bones. The result is a decrease in wrinkles and a younger looking face.